Report: 16 Employees Accept Philadelphia Inquirer Buyout Packages

Friday news coming to us via Jeff Blumenthal at the Philadelphia Business Journal, who reports that Inquirer/Daily News/Philly.com bosses might be shifting to layoffs after not receiving the requisite buyout agreements from employees.

Writes Jeff:

NewsGuild President Diane Mastrull, a longtime business reporter and editor, said, as of Thursday, 16 members had accepted the package. That is well short of the 30 she said management claimed was needed to avoid implementing layoffs. Mastrull said the deadline for accepting the buyouts is Friday, but she does not think there will be 30 takers.

In a show of solidarity, Guild members delivered a petition to Vice President of our People and Culture Lauren Kauffman — Publisher Terry Egger was out of the office — signed by 255 of about 330 members to demand no layoffs.

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“The possibility of layoffs remains,” Inquirer management said. “However, whether that step is necessary and how many might be affected won’t be known until the voluntary separation program is completed next week.”

Jeff went on to share a couple tweets confirming that sports editor Deborah Woodell and news reporter Jan Hefler would be accepting buyouts.

Blumenthal also reports that newsroom employees eligible for buyouts must be “55 or older and have worked for the company for 20 years or more.” Workers in other departments need to be 50 years old with 10 years experience:

According to the Guild, the buyout packages would include 24 weeks pay and either six months medical coverage or one lump sum of $5,000. That is slightly less than the 26 weeks pay offered by the company during the last round of buyouts in October 2017.

I have not heard of any other sports people making an exit. Mike Kern and Bob Vetrone left via buyout during the last round of staff trimming, which took place a little less than two years ago.

Read Jeff’s full story here:

Inquirer employees fear layoffs after tepid interest in buyout offers

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41 Responses

    1. She a disgusting rayciss.
      Why doesn’t Will Bunch take in a few dozen illegals at his Villanova mansion if he loves them so much?

  1. Just shut that liberal Trump hating rag down.
    Real smart business idea to alienate half your readers with your political bias

  2. Really hate that liberal trash fake news paper. Here some free advice for the workers getting let go, especially raycist Jan Armstrong – Learn to code

  3. Mike miss golf story – I have some friends that played at pine v one day, a foursome, and they see this dude stomping around in pink shorts smoking a cigar one hole back, for several holes, obviously cranky wanting to speed it up. Finally the dude hops in his cart and drives their direction and they realize as he gets closer that its mike miss . He pulls up and jumps out and says “you boys don’t mind if I play through do ya?” and before they can reply he kicks their golfballs off the green and putts… hops in his cart and keeps driving. He was so focused on his pace man

      1. I’ve noticed a few times Mike Miss and Natalie have been off at the same time, while Tyrone is on the air. Coincidence?????

        1. I deleted my racist tweets to save my ass - Kevin Kinkerhead if you can't find it, it didn't happen....where is the proof? says:

          Eggenoff doesn’t have much between the ears or below the neck.
          Plus she wears WAY to much makeup.
          She either has a bunch of flaws she’s covering up or no self confidence.
          And besides that fucking midget missinelli couldn’t handle her.

          1. I don’t see the fuss over her….her ass is a ticking timebomb, child bearing hips don’t even begin to describe it

    1. Sounds about right. Is there a worse person in the Philadelphia area than Mike Missanelli?

  4. At least the enquirer doesn’t have mexican hating racists on its staff like some low quality bulletin board sites do.

    1. Please use correct english.
      You should have said “racist” instead of “racists”.

      Keep a look out for our new psycho farout puto shirts
      on our web site.

  5. Janice Armstrong is a racist piece of trash. She should’ve been fired long ago.

    Too bad Mike Sielski is still here. He can’t go 5 minutes without tweeting about something negative about Philly or its fans.

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